Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
We were joined by a whole host of people, from clients to tenants, local businesses and local authorities, our Baltic neighbours and Board Members, partners to funders and anyone else that has played a part in our history and success.
The occasion also honoured our collaboration with local, independent art gallery, dot-art. Some of you may have noticed the artwork that has appeared around 54 St James Street, a flagship facility for women and business.
For the next 18 months, our lovely building will double up as an art exhibition, showcasing the work of local artists Joanne Thompson and Olga Snell. We were joined by Founder of dot-art Lucy Byrne, who championed art as an integral part of everyday life and detailed some of the huge benefits of art in the workplace.
As our guests headed around the building to view the artwork, the artists were on hand to offer an insight into the thought behind the artwork.
We also had a speech from CEO of The Women’s Organisation, the incredible Maggie O’Carroll. Anyone who’s had the pleasure of meeting our Maggie will know that she has a way with words and can capture the eyes and mind of every person she speaks to. And she certainly didn’t disappoint – on 21 years of The Women’s Organisation, Maggie said: “I really have no comment to make because I can't remember most of it".
Maggie may be modest – but we’re happy to shout her amazing successes on her behalf. Maggie O’Carroll is an inspirational woman that has paved the way for equality and change in her own indomitable way. For 21 years, Maggie has devoted her time to levelling the playing field for women in all aspects of life.
From day one, our mission has been to ensure that women have a voice at the highest level, in business, community, political life, and in the wider world. At 21 years, we celebrate having impacted the lives of over 50,000 women, locally, nationally and internationally. However, Maggie reminded us that whilst we celebrate our success and the positive impact we have had, we still have an incredibly long way to go.
Thanks to all those who joined us yesterday and an even bigger thank you to every person who has played even the smallest role in the history and success of The Women’s Organisation. Here’s to 21 more …
The artwork is displayed throughout the building including at Reception, Siren communal areas and meeting rooms. So, if you pay us a visit anytime soon, please remember to take a look at the artwork and let us know what you think!
You can check out the photos from the event here.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Training Coordinator Jenny attended LMH's Picnic in the Park in Princes Park in June along with our advice stand and Guess The Bear competition. And Training Coordinator Mandy attended LMH's Picnic in the Park in North Liverpool's Stanley Park!
For Jenny's day the main event was choosing the winner of Barnaby the Bear! The residents of the Princes Park area were invited to guess the name of the Bear (which had been chosen by WO staff in the office) and young James correctly guessed Barnaby!
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Recognising how digital technology is rapidly transforming how people communicate, learn, work and manage new enterprises and its central role in personal and professional contexts, the DIGA Project partners are delighted to share the resources they have developed.
|DIGA Project Partners at their latest meeting, Kaunas, Lithuania, May 2017|
The DIGA Learning Programme is designed to support colleagues delivering vocational education and training in the fields of entrepreneurship and business development so that entrepreneurs and small business owners better integrate digital technologies into their business start-up and development activities.
Our DIGA Learning Programme has been informed by extensive research into the needs of enterprise learners, teachers, advisers and entrepreneurs.
It is structured into 5 modules:
- Enhancing Digital Awareness and Knowledge
- The Role and Use of Digital Technologies and their Benefits to Business
- Making Digital Deliver for the Start-up and Small Business
- Enabling and Supporting the Development of an Entrepreneurial Digital Strategy
- Designing Integrated (Digital Competence) Entrepreneur Support / Programmes
Each module involves information and knowledge, as well as small group and individual activities. Reports, case studies and a range of learning tools are integrated throughout.
The DIGA Learning Programme is available in Bulgarian, English, Lithuanian, Slovenian and Spanish. Visit the official DIGA Project website for more information and to access the learning recources.
The research and publications underpinning our work are also available, including reports and briefing papers by Dr Briga Hynes from University of Limerick and DIGA Project partner leading research activities.
As the DIGA Project enters its final stages to an end, we are pleased to have worked on such a great programme alongside our partners.
To find out more about DIGA Project check out our new videos in 6 languages and head to http://digaproject.eu/videos/. You can also follow DIGA on Twitter.
After Craving A Career In Counselling, Alison Simone Left Behind her Retail Management Job And Pursued Her Interest In Counselling; Pineal Counselling.
|Photo Credit: Mark McNulty|
|Matt Wilkinson Photography|
|Matt Wilkinson Photography|
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Anastasia is a mother of two, her son is aged 5 and has been diagnosed with Autism, and her daughter now nearly 3. Originally on a zero-hours contract, Anastasia has been out of work since entering maternity leave when pregnant with her first child; “I tried doing voluntary work between my two pregnancies but the time wasn’t right. I was under a lot of stress as a first-time mother and a single parent with no family support”.
Feeling the strain of juggling so much at once, Anastasia neglected herself and couldn’t control her moods or behaviour, “I was spiralling into psychosis and when my younger child was only four months old I had to spend a month in a mental hospital”.
However, 2 years on and Anastasia is working towards recovery and on a personal journey of hope and empowerment. She is finding meaning to life through engagement with others, developing new supportive relationships and furthering her skills and learning.
Anastasia signed up to ‘Change It; Progress to Success’, a programme led by The Women’s Organisation that supports women into feeling more positive about what they can achieve. Here she met our Trainer, Alison, who she was full of praise for: “Alison was open about how various difficult experiences in her life had impacted her, and this helped us to speak about our own stories”. Anastasia enjoyed being part of a ‘warm circle of like-minded women’, meeting up weekly and tackling new topics such as assertiveness, positive thinking and how to manage change.
For Anastasia, the hardest part was putting her new skills into practice once leaving the session, “this is where you need motivation to combat your negative thinking – it takes you out of your comfort zone”. She valued the fact that every woman who attended the programme had a different background and story to tell as they were able to learn from each other. Anastasia also appreciated the option of one-to-one support from her tutor, Alison, as she felt this allowed each woman to reflect individually and move at their own pace.
Anastasia is now looking for voluntary work and is aiming to be give back by being more involved with organisations of which she was once a service-user. She has been working on her CV, but claims that she “will not forget about a good work-life balance to keep well”.
Finally, we asked Anastasia what she would say to other women who were thinking about signing up to the next ‘Change It: Progress to Success’, she said: “making a change in your life, however small it might be, will cause a chain reaction. You will look at things differently and begin to open new doors – you will surprise yourself!”.
Thank you to Anastasia for sharing her experience with us!
If you would like to find out more information about ‘Change It: Progress to Success’, or express your interest in the enrolling for the next programme, please contact a member of our Engagement Team on 0151 706 8111 or email@example.com.
Friday, June 9, 2017
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
This week, we would like to introduce you to the wonderful Alex Kendrick, a Masters student from University of Liverpool. Alex has been with us for several months now working on an exciting project for The Women's Organisation's 21st Birthday. She has been out meeting and profiling some incredible and pioneering women across the city who have paved the way for change and equality in their own indomitable way.
And we think that Alex is pretty incredible herself - she has actually just been granted funding to begin a PhD! As it is National Volunteers Week, we wanted to take a moment to shine a light on the AMAZING Alex, her experience at The Women’s Organisation and what she thinks about volunteering.
What’s your full name, what area are you from and how old are you?
My name is Alex Kendrick, I am 22 and I am from Formby, Merseyside – but currently living in Liverpool city centre.
How did you end up working with The Women’s Organisation?
I had just finished my first term of my Masters degree and I had a little more free time to broaden my skills and try and get some experience in the workplace. I had been following The Women’s Organisation on social media for a while and knew that this was an exciting organisation to be involved with, and an organisation that holds values close to my own. I took the opportunity to make contact with The Women’s Organisation, and then had a chance to come in and chat to a few of the Media and Engagement team. This was really useful in both making sure I was right for a volunteer role and also helping me in getting to know a bit more about The Women’s Organisation and 54 St James Street. I was then offered a volunteer position and began my role at The Women’s Organisation the following week!
What were you doing prior to working here?
I started my volunteer role in February this year, prior to that I began my MA in Human Geography at the University of Liverpool in September - which runs for a full year. I graduated from my BA in Geography in summer 2016. I was also working in a coffee shop part time, which I am still doing now.
What did you hope to get out of volunteering with us?
I don’t think I came into The Women’s Organisation with a particular list of things that I wanted to achieve, and I think as a result of this the skills and experience I have gained has surpassed all my expectations. I suppose I wanted to further my skills outside of academia and look into more work based ways of applying my research interests, and also gain work based skills and contacts through this.
What have you learned while you were here? Have you developed any new skills?
I have learnt so much! I have been able to use and develop the skills I have gained through my academic life and really see how these can be utilized outside of university. I have been working on a project marking 21 years of The Women’s Organisation promoting women’s empowerment and economic development, which has involved interviewing influential women across the Liverpool City region. This has been brilliant both in terms of developing my interviewing and writing skills and also really learning how to network and form a rapport with different people.
What has been most interesting about working here?
I think just seeing first-hand the work that is being done across the city and specifically the work that The Women’s Organisation are doing. I had the pleasure of attending the launch of Future Boss Club a couple of months ago, an organisation for young female professionals in Liverpool which has been set up by a really talented group of women, quite a few of which are from The Women’s Organisation, and FBC seems set to be a really exciting new venture for young women in business in the city – I am looking forward to seeing it grow!
What will you take away from the experience?
I have learnt to always go for opportunities, it’s sometimes difficult to imagine whether a volunteering role will fit into your life, or that extra project you might be thinking of getting involved in, but I’ve learnt to just take the chance and go for it – throwing yourself into different projects is rewarding in so many ways.
Why do you think volunteering is important/useful?
Volunteering is important for personal development, and increasing understanding of what goes on outside your usual sphere. People skills, time management skills, and developing knowledge and interest beyond what you normally would are absolutely vital for future career prospects and also just general well-being.
What is your next step and future goals?
I have recently been granted funding from the Economic and Social Research Council for three years to complete my PhD at the University of Liverpool. That starts in October, so I am very much looking forward to finishing my Masters and embarking on my next project!
Do you think your career journey is any different as a result of your placement?
Definitely. Volunteering at The Women’s Organisation has given me clarity on what the next chapter of my life will be, and has also opened my mind to the options available to me over the next 5 or 10 years of my career - being surrounded by driven individuals has been extremely beneficial.
What advice would you give to other women considering looking for volunteer placements?
Go for it! Spend time researching an organisation that you are interested in working with and don’t be afraid to just send them a message or an email – you have nothing to lose by making contact with an organisation and seeing if it is the right place for you.
Is there anything else you want to say about volunteering or The Women's Organisation?
I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone I have worked with so far at The Women’s Organisation for making me feel so welcome in such an enjoyable working environment.
Thanks Alex for all your fabulous work! We are so happy to have you in our organisation.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
– Lisa Corcoran.
– Jane Clappison
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